08 May Park Springs Promotes A Culture of Wellness
As Community Life Services Director at Park Springs, Jennifer Durham focuses on the wellness of the Members who live at the luxury retirement community in Stone Mountain – but also on the wellness of the approximately 400 employees who work at Park Springs. “We strongly support the overall “Culture of Wellness” at Park Springs,” explains Jennifer.
Employees Embrace “Culture of Wellness”
The Park Springs wellness program for its employees began in 2014 when Jennifer participated in the CDC’s Work@Health Program. It involved a major commitment of more than 100 hours of webinars and online training, and was designed for employers looking to implement an employee wellness program. After completing the 9 month curriculum, Park Springs was awarded a grant to implement a number of measures that would immediately benefit its employees.
“We conducted a number of surveys and learned that our employees were mainly concerned about chronic disease (diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol), stress management, and weight management,” says Jennifer. “We then built a foundation based upon these needs. With our grant money, we created a lending library, dedicated communication bulletin boards in break rooms – and we also offered health screenings, an annual health fair and a mobile mammography unit.”
Today, Park Springs has:
- Formed a wellness committee – that helps to plan a comprehensive wellness program for all employees;
- Named its program “Wellspring”
- Monthly Wellness Wednesdays, a 30-minute program, where employees can learn how to eat right everyday, start an exercise program, learn how to access scholarship money with the PS Foundation, etc.
- Started Yoga classes
- Started a Walking Club
- Educate and raise awareness for National Health Observances.
“We are so happy with the initial results of our efforts to promote Park Springs’ “Culture of Wellness” with our employees who may not have time to fit exercise or other lifestyle changes into their busy lives,” notes Jennifer.
Park Springs has been invited by the CDC to enter into the Advanced Work@Health program – so stay tuned for updates on the community’s “Culture of Wellness.”
To learn more about living at Park Springs by Isakson Living year-round, or if you’d like to schedule a personal tour of Park Springs, please contact one of Park Springs’ Residency Counselors at 678-684-3300 or visit www.parksprings.com.